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Pilot Imprisoned for Defrauding FAA

Jose F. Guasch received a 13-month prison term from a U.S. District Court judge in Ocala, FL, for making and using forged documents to get a job as a flight instructor. One of the papers was an FAA airline transport and flight instructor certificate, which Guasch used to obtain employment as a flight instructor under an assumed name at Ocala Aviation, Inc., where he worked from August 2000 to May 2001. Investigation revealed that Guasch has been wanted by the FBI for the 1997 theft of a Lear jet. The FBI charges are still pending. Guasch pleaded guilty in November 2003 to making false statements to the FAA.